Workshop opening/closure times over the new few weeks

Hi All,
Please take note of the following dates where opening times vary due to inductions/lectures:
  • Wednesday 27th September Open 14.00 – 16.30
  • Thursday 28th September MArch Inductions. Closed All Day.
  • Friday 29th September Open from 11.30 – 16.30 (Lunch hour as normal 13.00-14.00)
  • Thursday 5th October MA Inductions. Open from 12.00 – 16.30 (Lunch hour as normal 13.00-14.00)
  • Friday 6th October BA Inductions. Closed All Day.
  • Monday 9th October 3rd Year Intro. Open 09.30 – 15.00 (Lunch hour as normal 13.00-14.00)
  • Wednesday 11th October First Year Intro. Open 10.30 – 16.30
Should there be any other induction dates that arise I’ll add to this post.

Easter Break and Late Opening Hours

Hi All,

The workshop will remain open for the first week of Easter break between 3rd and 7th April. We will then be closed until Monday 24th.

As previously announced there are 4 other mornings where we are closed after Easter: Wednesday 26th, Thursday 27th, Friday 28th April and Tuesday 2nd May – closed between 09.30 and 14.00.

Late opening hours

Beginning Monday 24th April the workshop will remain open for an extra 3 hours a day Monday to Thursday for 4 weeks. This includes the dates where we will be closed in the mornings mentioned above.

The workshop will remain open Monday -Thursday until 19.30 when students will be asked to clean up your workspace as normal in preparation for the following day. These temporary opening times are as follows:

Monday 09.30 – 19.30

Tuesday 09.30 – 19.30

Wednesday 09.30 – 19.30

Thursday 09.30 – 19.30

Friday 09.30 – 16.30

See you soon, Scott & Jim

Easter Opening and Late Hours

General Workshop 2015 (3)

The workshop will be open for the first four days of the Easter break from Monday 21st to Thursday 24th March.

Beginning Monday 18th April we will be opening for an extra 3 hours a day. The workshop will remain open Monday -Thursday until 19.30 when students will be asked to clean up your workspace as normal in preparation for the following day. These temporary opening times are as follows:

Monday 09.30 – 19.30

Tuesday 09.30 – 19.30

Wednesday 09.30 – 19.30

Thursday 09.30 – 19.30

Friday 09.30 – 16.30

This time is in addition to our normal working day (09.30 – 16.30) and therefore does not mean you should turn up any later than normal. Please make the most of this additional time.

Looking forward to seeing some great work from everyone! More announcements soon!

Scott and Jim

Happy New Year and Welcome Back Updates

Hi All,

Hope you have had a good break and time to recoup for the next few months.

Part of the UoM server went down over the break resulting in our blog going down but thankfully everything is intact and we are back online. Apologies for any inconvenience this caused anyone.

****Workshop Opening Times January/February****

This year we will be hosting one of the 5th year workshops between 25th January and Monday 8th February.

This will mean a shorter working day for these two weeks with the workshop only opening from 11.00 till the normal closing time of 16.30.

New Materials

We have a couple of new additions to our materials stock this term which as usual are subject to availability so be sure to check before beginning your project planning


Anyone who has been inducted this year or last will have been told about this product which 4D Stock. This pulp board has a great range of applications due to its ability to form shapes when wet which are maintained when the board dries. Recommended for sketch and development models but there’s no reason it couldn’t be used for more advanced models as well.


Metal Effect Silver Styrene Sheet

One of the most common questions asked of what can be cut on the laser cutters is metals. Whilst this isn’t possible we have bought in this substitute which is a metallic styrene plastic sheet. This can be laser cut and worked as with other styrene or acrylic sheeting and should serve as a suitable alternative for some cases.


Scale Trees

We have a small selection of high quality brass etched and flocked scale trees. These are available from 4D Modelshop in a much wider range of sizes and styles. Samples of those available from 4D Can be seen in the workshop. We have a small stock of the following:

Medium Green, Copper Beech, Cork, White and Bare Branch

Don’t forget to register for your 10% student discount if you buy anything from them quoting either myself or Jim as your tutor when asked.


New Reference Book

Advanced Mouldmaking and Casting, Nick Brooks, 2011


This book provides a thorough guide with case studies of mouldmaking and casting with a variety of materials. Whilst our facilities of this are limited we hope this book will guide you to approach this method with more confidence as well as see what is possible outside of a workshop environment. As with all our books you are welcome to use as reference within the workshop but please don’t take out.

See you all soon,

Scott and Jim


End of Contested Peripheries Sessions on Tuesdays

The Contested Peripheries Tuesdays sessions have now ended so workshop opening hours will return to normal for all students.

Tuesday 09.30am – 4.30pm

Also, a reminder that we are open until Wednesday 16th April before closing for Easter for a week.

See you soon, Scott

Change to Opening Times from Tuesday 28th Jan 2014

Beginning Tuesday 28th January the workshop will be closed between 9.30 and 13.00 to all students apart from Contested Peripheries Atelier students. This will remain in effect every Tuesday for the rest of this Academic Year.

This is due to a change in teaching structure which,in the not too long term, will benefit all students. Our efforts will be focussed on delivering specific advice based on the whole groups needs whilst being exclusively available to answer questions as a group and to individuals.

These sessions will aim to focus on the theory of modelmaking and question your approaches based on what you are trying to achieve.

Necessary inductions or refreshers concerning machine operation will also be given.

The workshop will re-open as normal from 14.00 to all students.

Here are our amended general weekly opening times:

Monday: 09.30-13.00 (One hour Lunch Break) 14.00-16.30


Wednesday: 09.30-13.00 (One hour Lunch Break) 14.00-16.30

Thursday: 09.30-13.00 (One hour Lunch Break) 14.00-16.30

Friday: 09.30-13.00 (One hour Lunch Break) 14.00-16.30

Saturday/Sunday: Closed

We look forward to getting started!

Jim & Scott